UPI Reporter Gets the Kind of Death He Likely Would Have Chosen

Frederic M. Winship's career with the wire service dated back to 1946.

Frederick M. Winship, a longtime UPI editor, Broadway critic and contributor who passed away this week at age 90, belonged to a daintier era of journalism. To wit, this letter to the editor sent in 2003 to The New York Times:

Miss Hepburn Would Not Have Approved

To the Editor:

I was surprised, then chagrined, to read the recipe for Katharine Hepburn’s brownies submitted by Heather Henderson (Letters, July 6). Certainly Miss Hepburn would never have substituted an ingredient as anemic as cocoa for real, unadulterated chocolate, and I have proof of it in my own recipe file.

Miss Hepburn gave my late wife, Joanne Tree Winship, an actress who knew Miss Hepburn professionally, the recipe for her famous brownies that distinctly calls for 2 squares unsweetened chocolate, 1 stick butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 cup all-purpose flower, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup chopped walnuts.

I also have had brownies with tea at Miss Hepburn’s Turtle Bay brownstone, and I can attest they were made with chocolate, not cocoa.

Frederick M. Winship
Sutton Place

Winship’s niece, Anna Hudson, has framed the passing of the wire service titan in equally memorable terms. Here’s what she told UPI:

“Uncle Fred lived the life he chose and cherished and enjoyed every moment of it. And, I believe he had the kind of death he would have chosen: in his home, suddenly, and while he was still writing about and reviewing plays and the arts and enjoying the company of his family and friends,” Hudson said in a statement. “He was a true gentleman, a journalist of the Old School and one of the kindest, finest, most literate men I have ever known… He will be greatly missed.”


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